RPAS stands for Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems and refers to any aircraft that is controlled by remote control, or some other means of automation. Some examples of commercially available RPAS Aircraft are the DJI Phantom, DJI Inspire, DJI M300 and DJI M600 Pro.
Recently CASA released new laws that allow you to fly certain aircraft without the need for a licence, and only under strict operating conditions. These aircraft will need to be UNDER 2kgs in total weight. This is commonly referred to as “Sub2kg” and known as the Excluded Category – Some of those conditions are;
You must only fly in the day – NO NIGHT FLIGHT!.
You must not fly closer than 30m to people – Including whom you are filming.
You must not fly within 3nm (5.5km) of a Towered/Controlled Airport.
You must fly only as far as you can visually orientate the aircraft.
You also can’t fly in Restricted Airspace such as Sydney Harbour etc. And remember, insurance is VERY important
If you want to fly a machine that is heavier than 2kg for a commercial gain, you will need to obtain RPAS Certification.
In Australia, RPAS Certification is issued by the Civil Aviation and Safety Authority (CASA). It can only be obtained by completing a CASA approved RPAS Training course with a CASA approved training organisation. FPV Australia is a CASA Approved Training Organisation.
There are 2 parts. The Pilot – He/She gets a Remote Pilot’s Licence
Then there is the Remote Operators Certificate, which is issued to the individual or the business wanting to run the drone operations.
A Remote Operator’s Certificate is given to the company or individual that wants to operate RPAS Aircraft. Consider it like an airline. For example;
QANTAS is the Certified Operator and the pilot is the Certified Pilot.
If you want to fly commercially you will need to obtain both RPAS Pilot’s Licence (RePL), and a Remote Operator’s Certificate (ReOC) – both issued by CASA. Unless you want to fly for someone else whom already has an Operator’s Certificate – in this case, you only need Remote Pilot’s Licence.
Once you have obtained your Remote Pilot’s Licence, you then simply apply to CASA for an Operator’s Certificate – We will help you with all the paperwork you need.
To obtain your full remote pilot’s certification you will need to obtain a Radio Operator’s Certificate. This use to be known as the Radio Operator’s Certificate of Proficiency or AROCP. This is now redundant. You will now need an Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate (AROC) FPV Australia is approved to offer AROC Certification, and does so on all of it’s RPAS Certification courses at no extra charge.
Our RPAS Certificate course runs for 5 days and consists of both theory and practical study. Currently we are still running theory in our Virtual Classroom for 3 days, and then you will need to visit one of our practical sessions for the last 2 days. You will be required to pass an exam, and demonstrate your ability to fly a drone. You will be given practical flight training which will give you the necessary skills in order to pass the assessments.
Yes and No. We now run our theory components online in our Virtual Classroom. This is in real time with our instructors. This section is 3 full days of face to face traning. Once that is complete, you will need to join us, in person for 2 more days to complete the examinations, and practical assessments.
We do not offer a self study, online course, for 2 reasons. Firstly CASA don’t allow it. Under the new Part 101 Manual of Standards there are mandated minimum contact hours. 15 in fact.
Secondly, the subject matter in this course is not something you would want to study online without guidance. In fact we deliver up to 24 hours of face to face instructor time over 3 days.
We have employed some of the country’s most highly decorated manned helicopter and fixed wing instructors, whom are also fully certified and very capable RPAS Pilots! We honestly believe that the best way to get through RPAS Certification properly, is with the face to face guidance of a serious operator.
Don’t pay good money for a company to just send you the courseware. Get in a classroom and get the most out of the training. It will give you 200% more skill and knowledge than reading a web page.
Yes and No. The new system is now all under one certification to fly, but is broken down into weight classes. When you complete your RPAS certification, you will be issued with a licence to fly up to 7kg. If you want to fly a larger machine, you can do so easily by upgrading your licence. It’s simply a system that CASA has put in place to categorise pilots.
Easy – We are the most comprehensive course available. We not only have what we believe is the best RPAS Certification program in the country, but we have the most qualified instructors in the country. We worked hard in conjunction with Australia’s best aviation educators to bring you the best RPAS certification course you will find. Don’t just take our word for it. Have a look at the calibre of our customer base, and it’s easy to see why you should choose FPV Australia as your training provider.